Why Lost Whale Is Offering Body Booster Drinks and Staying Open

Lost Whale leaders say it’s their responsibility to the staff to stay open.

It’s all anyone has been able to talk about this week — the coronavirus — and it’s changing how we’re living our lives. With many places closing, events being canceled and stores selling out of toilet paper, we could all use a drink. Lost Whale bar in Bay View agrees, which is why they are introducing a new cocktail menu featuring ingredients to help fight sickness and boost the immune system.

Owner, Tripper Duval, says the cocktails names are “best described as if kids chewable vitamins had names.” With punchy names like Power Up, X-Ray Vision and Not Today, these body boosters feature wellness-conscious ingredients like ginger, turmeric and carrot juice. 

Despite the rapid and large number of business closures and postponed events, the Lost Whale will still be open it’s regular hours for all your cocktail needs. Starting today, you can head on over from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and enjoy one of these cocktail delicacies.

Lost Whale remains open as a responsibility to its staff who they know have to support themselves and still have bills to pay, explains Duval. If an employee is feeling sick they have been asked to not come in and are working to offer their staff sick pay.

As for extra precautions the bar is taking, “In general, because there are a ton of different types of the flu, and friends and family members with autoimmune deficiencies can be at risk year round, we have pretty high standards for cleanliness and have always been well stocked up on disinfectants and cleaners due to the nature of what bars and taverns are,” says Duval. “We have also added a more frequent cleaning schedule for the sometimes forgotten things like door handles, armrests, and register and POS equipment.” 

Carrot juice and ginger may help your immune system but it can’t prevent the virus, so if you do plan to go out, be wise and proceed with caution. Stay healthy and wash your hands. 

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Allie is an Editorial Intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is a junior at UW-Milwaukee studying Creative Writing and Journalism. You can follow her on Instagram at @alliehabck